The Girl in the Steel Corset

Author: Kady Cross
Pages: 473
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one... except the "thing" inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch.

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her and says she's special, says she's one of them . The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets, against the wises of his band of misfits. And Finley thinks she might finally be a part of something, finally fit in-until a criminal mastermind known as Machinist threatens to tear the group apart...

My Summary: Finley Jayne has been fired from three jobs in as many months, all in light of strange events that seem to follow her wherever she goes. But it isn't her fault - whatever 'thing' is inside Finley takes control whenever she's in trouble, destroying any threat it sees in its way. 

After fleeing the home of her employer after being assaulted, Finley runs into - literally - Griffin King, who senses immediately that there is something strange about her. Unconscious, she's taken back to Griffin's house, where others like her - people with extraordinary gifts - live and train. Before long Finley is assisting the team in trying to locate a mysterious man called The Machinist - someone who is responsible for the death of her father and both of Griffin's parents. But can they get anything done when their  little band of misfits is torn - especially when the biggest threat may come from within?

My Thoughts: Oh, how I love a well-written Victorian mystery! Add to that the element of the paranormal, steam-punk, and a hint of romance, and you've got the perfect book for me. A friend recommended this series to me and I was a little hesitant, but after reading only the first few lines I knew I had to read the whole thing. I'm proud to say I finished this whole book within the span of eight hours - believe me when I say I could not put it down.

I adored the characters. All of them. I'd try to pick a favourite but I honestly can't. Each one is so well-developed, and they all mesh so well together that I know the story would not be what it was if even one of them was missing. The little hints of romance between the main two couples - and the potential love triangles - were really well done and didn't take away from the main premise of the story. The pacing of the novel was perfect, and the end... well, let's just say I'm running out to the bookstore tonight to pick up book 2.

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, romance, mysteries, and steampunk. Fans of Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series will love it!


  1. I read the sequel (by mistake - I didn't realise it wasn't a standalone) and... well, I didn't love it. But I should probably give the beginning of the series a chance! :-)

  2. That sounds cool! I'll TBR it! Thanks for the review! :D

  3. Yay! Okay, I'm adding it to my TBR list. I love Victoriana so I was excited when I saw this, but the summary was a little too vague for me so I was unsure. But if it is indeed good then I will pick up a copy! Thanks.

  4. I haven't read The Girl in the steel corset yet. I will next year! It sounds very interesting :)
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